Acadian redfish or ocean perch is a slow-growing, long-lived deepwater fish of rocky, mud, or clay bottom habitats, although they move closer to shore in winter. They range from Iceland to the mid-Atlantic and are common in deep waters of the Gulf of Maine. Acadian redfish grow slowly and can live up to 58 years of age. Fishing in the 1930s and 1940s led to a decline in the size of the population. However, the population has increased in recent years due to sustainable fisheries management. The redfish population in US waters is currently at healthy levels.
Redfish has a mild and sweet flavor and has a medium-firm texture. When raw, the flesh appears to be like creamy white or off-white, but it turns white once cooked. It has a smooth texture that is perfect for most recipes.
Typical cooking methods include Bake, Deep-Fry, Poach and Saute and Steam.